The Honors Program is designed to help talented students ask the most of Bradley and, in so doing, to expect the most of their future. The Honors Program is in many respects not much different than the course of study taken by all students. It is likely that honors students would take no more than five specially designated honors sections during their eight semesters at Bradley. But, importantly, they will have formalized their commitment to excel and to have their academic talents recognized.
Specific Requirements to complete the Honors Program upon graduation are as follows:
1. Over your four years, take five of your required general education courses in specially designated honors sections. We strongly recommend that you take CIV 111 (Fall semester) and CIV 112 (Spring semester). You must take both semesters to finish the General Education requirement for the Freshman English and Western Civilization. Students who have taken CIV 111 and CIV 112 in the past give this integrated approach the highest praise and believe that it gave coherence to their first year of college.
Three of your other required general education courses must be taken in specially designated honors sections. These sections will tend to be smaller and will emphasize discussion and analysis. You will be able to select these at your option and, please note, these courses are NOT graded on a normal distribution curve.
2. You must also enroll in a 1-credit Honors Seminar for at least three of your semesters at Bradley (preferably in your first two years). The purpose of the seminar is to encourage you to explore topics not normally covered in a standard college course. For example, next semester's seminars include: "RELIGIOUS INNOVATORS," "GENESIS," "MIND ALTERING MUSIC," "SCIENCE AND FAITH," "WHAT BUDDHA TAUGHT," "THE BLUES," "ECONOMICS OF LOVE," "SCIENTIFIC METHOD," "FRAUD AND CORPORATE SHENANIGANS," and "MEDIA AND VALUES."
3. During your junior or senior year, you will be expected to participate in a research project in your academic major.
4. In addition to the above requirements, the Honors Program will from time to time sponsor certain social and cultural activities which you will be encouraged to attend.
5. You must graduate with a grade point average of 3.4 or higher.
Additional questions can be addressed to the Director, Dr. Robert Fuller in Bradley Hall, Room 295.
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